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‘Ride Along’ finishes first in box office race, leaves other movies in the dust for 3rd week

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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Buddy comedy ‘Ride Along,’ starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, grossed $12.3 million at movie theaters over the weekend, staying on top for the third week in a row.

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	Kevin Hart (l.) and Ice Cube go on patrol in ‘Ride Along.’<br />

In the first five minutes of “Ride Along,” director Tim Story gives us a shootout, a car chase and a massive explosion. So if you’re looking for brainless action, hop in. But if you’re aiming any higher, you’ll probably want to find another ride.

The director seems to assume — probably accurately — that stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart already have enough fans to pack theaters. He lets his leads do what they do and doesn’t bother asking for more.

Ride Along” held off Super Bowl weekend challenges from two chick flicks to stay atop the box office for a third straight week.
Universal Pictures’ buddy comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube raked in $12.3 million, according to studio estimates.

With much of the country focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl, Focus Features’ “That Awkward Moment” and Paramount’s “Labor Day” targeted female audiences.

But “That Awkward Moment,” starring Zac Efron, placed third with $9 million, behind second-place “Frozen,” the Oscar-nominated animated hit that earned $9.3 million.

At $360 million and counting, “Frozen” is now the highest-grossing original animated film of all time.

Animated movie “The Nut Job” placed fourth with $7.6 million.

Lone Survivor” rounded out the top five with an estimated gross of $7.2 million. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” was sixth with $5.4 million.

Labor Day” placed seventh with $5.3 million.

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